Chiyo / Reip and Strauss Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 2016 Bathurst 12 Hr Winner
After a fairly uneventful race from 50 starters, the highlights came in the closing laps. The #35 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 of Katsumasa Chiyo, Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss had been racing conservatively all day, just staying on the lead lap and in touch with the leaders. Matt Bell led the field in one of the M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3s, ahead of Laurens Vanthoor in the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra with Chiyo in third. Stefan Mücke (Aston Martin Vantage GT3) and Dean Canto (Mercedes SLS AMG) were also on the lead lap. After a few late safety car periods, only two laps were left to the finish. Once racing began again Chiyo took second at the first corner before taking the lead going up Mountain Straight. As Chiyo built a gap over his rivals, a battle developed for second place, with Bell ahead of Vanthoor and Mücke. Mücke passed Vanthoor for third going down Conrod Straight on the final lap before attempting to pass Bell at the final corner. Unfortunately Mücke made contact with Bell, sending him into a slide, while Vanthoor drove around the outside of both cars to take second place behind Chiyo. Mücke took third while Bell dropped to fourth. Nissan was back on the podium at Bathurst!Limited to 300 worldwide. Produced by Spark.